Stephen Thompson (fighter)

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Stephen Thompson
BornStephen Thompson
(1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 31)
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
Other namesWonderboy
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach75.0 in (191cm)
StyleKickboxing, Kempo Karate
Fighting out ofSimpsonville, South Carolina, United States
TeamTristar Gym
TrainerFiras Zahabi
Ray Thompson
Carlos Machado
RankBlack belt in Kempo Karate
Black belt in Kickboxing
Black belt in Ju-Jitsu
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado
Years active2010 – present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total20
Wins20
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total10
Wins9
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision3
Losses1
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Stephen Thompson
BornStephen Thompson
(1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 31)
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
Other namesWonderboy
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach75.0 in (191cm)
StyleKickboxing, Kempo Karate
Fighting out ofSimpsonville, South Carolina, United States
TeamTristar Gym
TrainerFiras Zahabi
Ray Thompson
Carlos Machado
RankBlack belt in Kempo Karate
Black belt in Kickboxing
Black belt in Ju-Jitsu
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado
Years active2010 – present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total20
Wins20
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total10
Wins9
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision3
Losses1
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Stephen Randall Thompson[1] (born February 11, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and former kickboxer who currently fights as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is undefeated through 37 amateur and 20 professional kickboxing matches, with 28 wins by knockout.[2]

Martial arts career[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Thompson is the Head Instructor of the children’s karate program at Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is the oldest son of Ray Thompson, who is his trainer and manager. Thompson graduated from high school in 2001. He has been studying martial arts since his pre-teens and holds black belt ranks in Kempo Karate, Kickboxing and Ju-Jitsu. He studies Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Carlos Machado who is also his brother-in-law.

In 2006, Thompson was the #1 ranked fighter in Chuck NorrisWorld Combat League.

Thompson has also been featured in Martial Arts Digest magazine, Fighter magazine and MMA Authority magazine.

Thompson has performed along with his father at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in the “Athletes Project”, and has appeared in several TV commercials.

Bout with Raymond Daniels[edit]

Thompson fought fellow unbeaten kickboxing star Raymond Daniels in a highly anticipated bout. Thompson originally lost the history-making bout by TKO due to an injury. The injury suffered during the bout left Thompson unable to continue. The bout was later ruled to be No Contest and is not recognized on either kickboxer's respective records, professional or amateur.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Thompson was expected to face Justin Edwards on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Mike Stumpf.[3] However, Edwards was forced out with an injury and replaced by Dan Stittgen.[4] Thompson won the fight via KO in the first round after landing a flush head kick. For his performance, Thompson was awarded Knockout of the Night honors.

Thompson lost to Matt Brown on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145 via unanimous decision.[5]

Thompson was expected to face Besam Yousef on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[6] However, Thompson was forced out of the bout with a knee injury and was replaced by Matthew Riddle.[7]

Thompson was expected to face Amir Sadollah on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[8] However, Sadollah pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Nah-Shon Burrell.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Thompson next faced Chris Clements on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[10] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

Thompson faced Robert Whittaker on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[11] he won the bout via first round technical knockout. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson started training at age of 3 with Kempo karate. His father was a professional fighter and owned a karate school. Thompson's brother-in-law is Carlos Machado. At age of 14 he began practicing Jujutsu and kickboxing. He began practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age of 20 and mixed martial arts at 26. His brother Evan Thompson is also a mixed martial artist, who competed on the Legacy FC 28 fight card in February 2014, and is 4-0.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

All championship information from WonderBoyMMA.com[13]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win9–1Robert WhittakerTKO (punches)UFC 170February 22, 201413:43Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesPerformance of the Night
Win8–1Chris ClementsKO (punches)UFC 165September 21, 201321:27Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win7–1Nah-Shon BurrellDecision (unanimous)UFC 160May 25, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss6–1Matt BrownDecision (unanimous)UFC 145April 21, 201235:00Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win6–0Dan StittgenKO (head kick)UFC 143February 4, 201214:13Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesKnockout of the Night
Win5–0Patrick MandioDecision (unanimous)Fight Party - Masquerade Fight PartyOctober 1, 201135:00Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win4–0William KuhnDecision (unanimous)XC - Xtreme Chaos 2July 15, 201135:00Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Win3–0Marques WorrellSubmission (rear-naked choke)Fight Party - Greenville Kage FightingSeptember 18, 201023:08Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win2–0Daniel FinzTKO (punches)Fight Party - Xtreme Cage Fighting 2May 22, 201013:45Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win1–0Jeremy JolesKO (punches)Fight Party - Greenville Kage FightingFebruary 5, 201023:40Greenville, South Carolina, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/02-04-12%20MMA.pdf
  2. ^ "StephenThompson". Ikfkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Stumpf injured, replacement Thompson meets Edwards at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Justin Edwards injured, Dan Stittgen faces Stephen Thompson at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Thompson Takes on Besam Yousef at UFC 154". studiomma.com. August 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Matt Riddle replaces Stephen Thompson, meets Besam Yousef at UFC 154". MMAjunkie.com. October 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event". bloodyelbow.com. January 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-04-03). "Amir Sadollah injured, Nah-Shon Burrell now meets Stephen Thompson at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  10. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-07-03). "Can the Menace Stop Wonderboy? Find Out UFC 165 in Toronto!". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson. "UFC 170 adds Stephen Thompson vs. ‘TUF’ winner Robert Whittaker". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  12. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2014-02-23). "UFC 170 bonuses: Rousey, Maia, MacDonald and Thompson each take home $50,000". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  13. ^ "Wonderboy MMA". Wonderboy MMA. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

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